The students of 2B have been busy elves the past few weeks as they've been preparing their Christmas presents! They're all wrapped up now, and the class can't wait to give their gifts to their families at Christmas. Their love and care for their families was very evident in all the effort they put into this (top secret) project!
In late November, the students all wrote letters to Santa, and today we got our letter back from him! He sent us a lovely note, and gifted us with some special sunflower seeds. It’s always special when the students can use their growing writing skills to connect with a meaningful audience, and there are very few audiences more exciting than Santa!
Not only are we learning all about hot and cold temperatures in our class, but we can also portray temperatures using colour! We learned about warm and cool temperatures in Art last week, and you can see your child's winter snowflake that we painted using cool colours (such as purple, blue, and green) on Seesaw. We learned about the science of how snowflakes form, and how at different temperatures the crystals form different shapes and sizes. As we've learned throughout this science unit, temperature has a big effect on things both big and small!
We had the privilege of watching the musical The Lion King performed by Spruce Grove Composite High School this week! The play had music, lots of comedy from Timon and Pumbaa, and some amazing costumes. One of our class' favourite moments of the play was the song "The Circle of Life," and we got to high-five all the performers and crew at the end of the show. The class wrote reviews of the play when we got back to school, and The Lion King garnered high praise from 2B! You can see your child's review on Seesaw.
This past week in Science we’ve been focusing on heating systems (namely forced air, water, and geothermal), and insulation. We learned about insulation used in buildings to keep them warm or cool depending on the season, and examined various types of insulation that animals use to brave the weather. Mrs. Leblanc gave us a fascinating tour of our school’s heating systems, and the class really enjoyed seeing the inner workings of Millgrove! You can watch the video below to see how people take advantage of animal insulation to keep themselves warm!
In Language Arts, we've begun working on reading and writing non-fiction books. The students are using their expertise on a variety of topics (such as hockey, baking, and Christmas) to write teaching books with true facts. In reading, we're learning how to read non-fiction thoughtfully by paying attention to details, linking concepts together, and asking questions. We've learned so much from our books and each other!
The students in 2B have been paying extra attention to the author's choices in the books we read this month, and have been focusing on how author's plan and are thoughtful about the details in their writing. We planned and wrote a story as a class, which you can read below, and the students are working on their own stories now. There are so many creative story planners in our class!
In Math, we are beginning a new focus on addition and subtraction up to 18, and solving word problems. This unit will focus on deepening your child’s understanding of number relationships, counting, and place value. Below you can find a game and video we've been playing to get this unit off to a fun start!
The learning goals for this unit are to:
You can also play the video and games below for extra practice at home!
We are enjoying our science unit on hot and cold temperatures in 2B! Some highlights have included baking potatoes to see how materials are altered with temperature changes, measuring temperatures with thermometers, and making homemade ice cream. The students observed the differences between raw and cooked potatoes, and discovered that raw potatoes smell like potato chips and French fries (you can watch the video below to see how heat is used in the making of potato chips). We learned that milk loses heat relatively slowly, which meant that we had to shake our cream and other ice cream ingredients for a while before it turned into ice cream! If you’d like to review the outcomes of this unit, you can take a look at the ten outcomes in the slideshow below.
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.